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|Author/Editor:||Sussman, Ann (Author), Hollander, Justin B (Author)
In Cognitive Architecture, the authors review new findings in psychology and neuroscience to help architects and planners better understand their clients as the sophisticated mammals they are, arriving in the world with built-in responses to the environment that have evolved over millennia. The book outlines four main principles---
- Edges Matter, the fact people are a thigmotactic or a 'wall-hugging' species;
- Patterns Matter, how we are visually-oriented;
- Shapes Carry Weight, how our preference for bilateral symmetrical forms is biological; and finally,
- Storytelling is Key, how our narrative proclivities, unique to our species, play a role in successful place-making.